Our Directors hold long term positions at Wesley here in Milledgeville. An important aspect of their roles is creating and shepherding long-term vision. Directors oversee leadership development, discipleship, Freshley , and our weekly Wednesday services.
Tate Welling is the Director of the Georgia College Wesley Foundation. He is married to Ashley Welling and together they have three girls - Brylee (7), EllieAnn (5) and Kate (2).
Tate graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors in Journalism - Advertising and graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity.
Tate loves golf, making people laugh, and making breakfast for his three girls before work every morning. He spent his college years involved at UGA Wesley where he worked with their worship and small group ministries.
Elena is in her second year as an Associate Director at the Georgia College Wesley Foundation. She is married to Zach Balkcom and has a therapy dog in-training named Gloria.
She graduated from Georgia College in 2014 and owned Laurel Ave, a wedding coordinating business which she operated for 4 years before working at Wesley.
As an Associate Director at GC Wesley, Elena heads up the Discipleship Program and teaches on Monday nights at Freshley. Elena is also the director of Taste of Wesley - our annual fundraising dinner.
Maddie Harrison is an Associate Director at the Georgia College Wesley Foundation. She graduated from Georgia College in 2018 with a B.A. in Public Health and a double-minor in Global Health and Physical Education.
Maddie is from Woodstock, Georgia and has been involved with Wesley for 6 years. Maddie really loves iced coffee, checklists, and driving the Wesley golfcart.
As an Associate Director, she oversees our Freshley ministry and disciples some of our coordinators. She's excited to be a part of all God's doing in this city.
Maranda is an Associate Director at the Georgia College Wesley Foundation. She graduated from Georgia College in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a minor in Marketing. She's been around Wesley since 2015 where she started coming to Freshley her freshman year.
As an Associate Director, Maranda works with our Leadership Development and Office Administration. She loves discipleship, Coffee House and tidying around the Wesley House.
When she's not at Wesley, Maranda does Freelance social media work for small business clients across Georgia and raises financial support.
Fellowship and Freshley
GEORGANNA'S WHY : Going into her senior year, Georganna had no idea what she was doing after graduation. She worried a lot about what was to come post-college, but at the same time, she had this same feeling that her time in Milledgeville was not over yet. She didn't know what that meant or what to do with it until people started asking her if she'd thought about staying on staff at Wesley as a Coordinator. She'd been heavily involved with Wesley throughout college, but she'd never had any intentions of staying on staff afterwards. However, after a lot of prayer and consideration, she felt that the Lord was leading her to stay and serve on staff. "It was never the path that I expected to take, but I wouldn't change it for the world and can't imagine myself doing anything else during this season."
Georganna has been involved with Freshley since she was a freshman in 2015, serving as a leader and then an intern for her junior and senior year.
She is dependent upon monthly supporters to do what she does here at Wesley.
Worship and Youth
TYRA'S WHY : "The Lord is moving through Wesley and Milledgeville, and He gave me the opportunity to stay and be part of it." Wesley is the place where Tyra's love for the Lord began to grow, and the Lord is allowing her to continue to grow, make new friends, and discover new gifts and passions here. She loves getting to champion people and lead worship to a good God, and there is nothing better to her than that gift.
Tyra graduated in May 2019 with a degree in Sociology. During her time as a student, she served on our worship ministry, singing at our Wesley and Freshley services.
She is dependent upon monthly supporters.
Freshley and Media
KATIE'S WHY : Katie chose to stay on staff after graduation because of how greatly Wesley has impacted her life throughout college. Katie has been leading worship at Wesley since her freshman year, and it's where she found her best friends. She's super pumped to serve this year and to see how the Lord moves in our tiny little town.
Katie graduated in May 2019 with a B.A. in Mass Communication and a minor in Music Media. She loves working creatively with social media, music, graphics, and most of all, photography and videography.
As a Coordinator, Katie invests in our Freshley and Media Ministries and leads worship at Wesley and Freshley services. Catch her any day of the week at the Wesley House with an iced lavender vanilla latte in hand.
She has a part-time job as a server in Milledgeville to financially support her time here at Wesley.
Worship and Men's
BROOKS' WHY : After spending the last 3 years in Milledgeville, Brooks fell in love with the vision of Wesley and the way the Lord is working in the students here. On top of that, he's getting married in October 2019 and he can't imagine a better place to start his marriage with Caroline, than here in Milledgeville.
After graduating in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Business Management, Brooks chose to stay and invest in the worship and men's ministries. In October, he will be marrying his fiance, Caroline Conner.
As a Coordinator, Brooks leads worship weekly at Wesley and Freshley, helps lead the Men's Ministry, disciples interns and leaders, and works with the production team to ensure consistent, high quality services.
Brooks also works at Georgia College as as a photographer on the marketing team and raises support.
Fellowship and Prayer
GRACE'S WHY : Grace chose to stay in Milledgeville after graduating because she wants to continue to grow and care for the incredible community she has seen Wesley become over the years. As a student, Grace served in our worship ministry and continues to be involved with worship on top of the ministry areas she oversees as a Coordinator.
Grace graduated with a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Mixed Media. She loves to worship God with the creativity and talents He has given her. From painting to ceramics to digital art, she loves it all. You can always find her at Coffee House doodling in a journal or just spending quality time with Wesley's pet fish, Spenser.
She raises financial support to be on staff at Wesley!
Production and Women's
MACKENZIE'S WHY : She went into her interview for our internship program and was asked a few questions about if she'd ever thought of being a coordinator. One of her favorite things about the Wesley team? In her words, "They see potential in you that you would never acknowledge in yourself, and they call you to step boldly into that potential." She's so excited for this year and the opportunity to serve on Staff in a position where one of her main responsibilities is to love on and encourage students here at Georgia College!
Mackenzie graduated in December 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology.
She is dependent on monthly supporters during her time here at Wesley.
Children's and Connect
MORGAN'S WHY : "Wesley has brought an immense number of blessings to my life. It was here at Wesley where the Lord revealed who He created me to be and this ministry gave me the confidence to walk in this truth." At Wesley, Morgan discovered authentic relationships with people that continue to challenge her to surrender everything to the Lord. The Wesley Staff receives the honor to witness the Lord's miracles each day and Morgan is so grateful to be part of it. In her own words, "I have seen the Lord move tremendously throughout the past four years and I am fully expectant of what He'll do this upcoming year."
Morgan has been around Wesley since 2015. She's served as a leader and intern with our Fellowship/Hospitality ministry. She graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in Mass Communication.
She's dependent on monthly supports during her time here at Wesley.